Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Developing Partnership with the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC)

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC) is a new School at the University of Kansas, where Gabriel Al-Salem learned Russian and received his BA in 1989.      

On September 1, 2015, Viktoria Olskaia attended the SLLC’s Inaugural Convocation and spoke about developing partnership between Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation and the SLLC. Margarete Dorsch, Gabriel’s mother, was also present.

In summer 2015 the Foundation helped the SLLC make logistical arrangements and company placements of KU students as part of the SLLC’s 8-week Russophone Experiential Learning Program in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

On September 1, 2015, Viktoria Olskaia and professor Marc Greenberg, SLLC Director, held a recognition ceremony for two of the outstanding returnees of the first iteration of the program: Garrett Farlow, a double major in Journalism and Slavic (Russian), and Michael Hemphill, Russian language major. Both students studied Russian at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan and worked as interns.

Garrett assisted the Kazakhstan Press Club with a number of important projects, including helping Kazakhstan journalists break away from government censorship. Michael worked at Key Partners Consulting making significant contributions to cross-cultural communication by assisting with translations and external electronic communications. He also did excellent work for Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation preparing summaries of the winning cases for the Foundation's Annual International Award for Excellence in Consulting “Consulting without Borders - 2015.” Both students received certificates, commendation letters and $250 checks from Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation.



  1. Slavic Department participates in the Inaugural Convocation of KU’s new School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (Lawrencían Chronicle Fall 2015, p.p. 7-8)
  2. First Russophone Experiential Learning Program in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Lawrencían Chronicle Fall 2015m p.p. 9-10)
  3. From the Kazakhstan Press Desk: A Summer Internship Abroad
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